The everyday woman juggles a multitude of roles and tasks daily. Sometimes, to the detriment of herself. Furthermore, childhood messages such as “What goes on in this house stays in this house..” or “Only monkeys cry”. In addition to, traumas throughout the lifespan plague the everyday woman. For some, the ebb and flow of everyday life is compounded by mental illness or manifest into mental illness.
Does this sound like you? Well, you are certainly not alone.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), one out of every eight women will experience clinical depression in her lifetime. So, look at your fellow women colleagues, family members, or in the mirror and at least one of you will experience clinical depression in your lifetime.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) also suggests that women are more than twice more likely than men to suffer from depression. Pressures created by their multiple roles, gender discrimination and associated factors of poverty, hunger, malnutrition, overwork, domestic violence and sexual abuse, combine to account for women’s poor mental health (World Health Organization, 2017).
Mental Illness Does Not Define Who You Are
A client candidly talks with me regarding her experiences with mental illness.
Tell me about your experiences being diagnosed with a mental illness.
It has shut a lot of doors for me. People kept telling me I can’t do something. However, I kept telling myself I can.
What are your thoughts on being diagnosis with a mental illness?
The label is just a word, it’s not the human being.
What does your mental illness look like?
I keep having flashbacks of the years…the physical and mental abuse….not feeling love and not feeling wanted.
I’m living proof that just because I have been diagnosed with a mental illness it does not define who I am.
What advice would you give someone else experiencing a mental illness?
Never give up and never stop fighting to find out what the real problem is…Don’t let it [diagnosis] take over your life.
What has helped you during your journey being diagnosed with a mental illness?
Having a therapist that is friendly…that does not judge by looking down on me. And they take me for who I am not for what my illness is.
If you could write a letter to your pain, what would you say?
You have no purpose in my life. You have to go.
What advice would you give to others?
All things are possible with the spirit of knowing you can overcome and accomplish any obstacles.
Any closing thoughts?
To let everybody know that just because you have a mental illness….don’t like the mental illness take over who you are and what you need to do to accomplish in your life. I’m living proof that just because I have been diagnosed with a mental illness it does not define who I am.
Help is Available
Please know that help is available to address your mental illness. A variety of treatment options are available including psychotherapy and medication management.
Destination Greatness is one such available resource. Destination Greatness is a behavioral health agency serving clients in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. The mission of Destination Greatness is to promote mental, spiritual, behavioral, and financial wellness for individuals and families. Utilizing a holistic, strengths-based approach, Destination Greatness strives to assist clients in transcending adversity and achieving greatness.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
National Institue of Mental Health
Depression is Real
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